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Added April 13th, 2015 by Ian

Jordan Spieth equals Masters record

Twenty-one-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Texas won the Masters golf tournament in fine fashion in Augusta, Georgia on April 12 as he finished the event with an 18 under par 270. The score ties the record set by Tiger Woods back in 1997 and Spieth ended up winning the green jacket tournament by four strokes over Justin Rose of England and Phil Mickelson of America. Spieth wert into the fourth and final round with a four-shot lead and that was all he needed to ensure the victory.

Woods was also just 21 years old when he won the Masters for his first major with a score of -18,but was just a few months younger than Spieth. Woods has won the Masters four times during his career, but he never led the event from wire to wire like Spieth did. Spieth is now the fifth player to lead the tournament from start to finish and the first to achieve the feat since 1976 when Raymond Floyd did it. He got off to a great start in the first round by shooting an eight-under 64 and he never looked back.

The only players with any realistic chance of catching Spieth in the final round were Rose, Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman. Rose entered the day four behind while Mickelson was five back and Hoffman was half a dozen strokes behind. Spieth finished the first day with a three-shot lead over Hoffman and nobody came closer unto the second hole of the final round when Rose, who was his playing partner, closed the gap to three. However, Spieth regained a four-stroke lead the next hole with a birdie when Rose shot for par.

At one point during the final round Spieth went 19 under par, which nobody had ever done in the 79-year history of the Masters. He achieved this with a birdie on the 15th hole and had a chance to set the Masters record by finishing the tournament at -19, but then bogeyed the 18th and final hole. He finished the day at two under par and that was good enough to put his name in the golfing record books next to Woods as he claimed his first-ever major championship.

Spieth had a chance to win the Masters last year after he held a two-shot lead, but eventually lost it to fellow American Bubba Watson and he had to settle for the runner-up position. Spieth set another record at the 2015 Maters with 26 birdies, which broke the old mark of 25 set by Mickelson in 2001. This was Spieth’s third win on the PGA tour and his fifth overall. For Mickelson, this was his 10th runner-up finish at a Major golf tournament.

 
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